SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS) is the name for the respiratory syndrome caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 is highly contagious. Cases of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. Most people infected with this virus have mild symptoms. Some people who are infected don’t have any symptoms and don’t feel sick but can still transmit the virus to others. More severe cases of COVID-19 have been seen in older adults and those with weakened immune systems or pre-existing health issues. However, serious illness can also occur in younger adults.

Testing and contact tracing are essential for controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. Many states are facing ongoing waves of infections and the COVID-19 variants like Delta and Omicron. American Foundation for Health Diagnostics has partnered with Medical Labs nationwide to provide no cost testing** to the American community. We are performing tests through Pop-Up Test Sites and also offering testing at schools and business sites. The test results are generally provided within 24 to 48 hours.

** No Cost Testing:
$0 out of pocket when testing is billed to your health plan or the government. The testing is appropriate for those:

  • Experiencing symptoms
  • Exposed or possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19
Specimen Collection and Testing Process:
  1. Arrive at the testing site.
  2. Complete the questionnaire to qualify for testing. Eligibility is based on CDC guidelines.
  3. Enter your insurance information or indicate uninsured.
  4. AFHD representative will collect the specimen.
  5. Specimen will be shipped to the diagnostics lab.
  6. You will receive the test result through an email or a text message within 24 to 48 hours.
Please contact us if your community or business requires COVID-19 testing.


How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

    COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:
  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

How can I protect myself?

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Test to prevent spread to others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect areas regularly
  • Monitor your health daily

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms** may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

** This list does not include all possible symptoms.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

  • Stay at home (except to get medical care).
  • Separate yourself from others.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek medical help if your symptoms worsen.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces every day.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.

When should I seek emergency care if I have COVID-19?

Look for emergency warning signs** for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

** This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

  • COVID-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe—much safer than getting COVID-19.
  • COVID 19-vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and limiting the spread of the virus that causes it.

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